Parramatta Eels – The players, fans and Game have suffered, but will those who are responsible for this salary cap mess?

Despite reports to the contrary, the club officials temporarily suspended from their positions at the Eels have maintained their Supreme Court action against the NRL.  Club chairman Steve Sharp, chief executive John Boulous, head of football Daniel Anderson, deputy chairman Tom Issa and director Peter Serrao allege that the NRL failed to provide them with […]

Privacy please? Balancing players’ right to privacy with society’s desire to know

It is unfortunate that this year’s pre-season was overshadowed by media reports of poor off-field behaviour by a number of young players, most notably a handful of Queensland’s Emerging Origin squad and of course, Mitchell Pearce.  The Pearce saga was particularly newsworthy, and while it raised a number of important societal issues it also raised […]

Mitchell Pearce: Actions speak louder than words

Mitchell Pearce is back from rehab and has started his promotional tour.  He appears to be taking accountability for his actions, but is it all just a publicity stunt?  If you look at Pearce’s actions since the incident on Australia Day, they have all been straight out of the PR handbook.   The day after […]

LwL Podcasts

    Podcast No. 1 Featuring Melanie Dinjaski, Jill Scanlon and Mo’onia Gerrard. Episode 1 done and dusted.  Mary K is joined by former Australian netball star Mo’onia Gerrard, Melanie Dinjaski from Fox Sports and Jill Scanlon to talk Superbowl 50, rugby 7’s and the Auckland Nines.  We cover all the big issues like Eli […]

Belinda Sleeman: Gender is no restriction

Belinda Sleeman brings new meaning to ‘Women in League.’  Or alternative titles – Female ref says her gender is no restriction. Female ref wants suburban rugby league grounds to stay. As I watched my then 4 year old son run towards the tackle bag I felt a surge of pride, even as he stopped short […]

What can we learn from the US?

As the NSW government gets down to the nitty-gritty of finalising its stadium investment strategy, I thought it a fitting time to share my thoughts on what our sporting venues and organisations can learn from how the big boys do it in the United States. I recently returned from a holiday in the States where […]

In praise of the Jackpot

It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the passing of one of the great eras in Australian rugby. From a tear-stained keyboard, I bring you the sad news that fan-favourite and Waratahs hardman, Jacques Potgieter (or Jackpot to anyone who’s anyone) will be departing the Tahs at the end of the season to […]

Talking captains

Captaincy. It’s something many a player aims for, but it’s not a position that even the most revered of footballers are suited to.  There are many players who seem born to captain with names such as Buckley, Hird and Selwood coming to mind. But this season I have noticed some clubs taking a more unconventional […]

Taking a dive into the NRL penalties

Another week goes by and the words expressed, on a weekly basis, of Roosters coach Trent Robinson fall on deaf ears. Why has the NRL shown little interest in stamping out the issue of players staying down for penalties? Do we really want the game we all love to turn into what has become a […]

Is Greg Bird the Word?

Such is the sad fact the Knights will lose international Beau Scott at the end of the year, Knights director Michael Hagan confirmed the club were already making 2016 plans. What we as Knights fans do know is they are currently in the process of retaining forwards Kade Snowden and Jeremy Smith. They have had […]